A Worksite Parenting Program
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American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Inc.
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
Education and wellness programs are increasingly being offered for employees in employment settings. Programs on topics such as stress management, smoking cessation, and weight regulation can directly enhance the employee's overall weWness, and indirectly benefit the employer in terms of reduced sick time and improved productivity. As the benefits of such programs are realized by employers, expanded services are developed at many job sites, including such topics as child care and parent education.
Due to the increase of women in the work force, parents are facing difficult issues related to child rearing. Today's working parents have less time at home with their children. The family time should provide the parent with opportunities to teach and learn with their children.
Parent training can offer assistance with difficult issues ranging from parental stress to child management techniques. Parenting is a challenging task and a rewarding experience. Parent education programs can ease stressful parenting situations and improve family interactions. At the same time, management of stress assists employees to become more productive workers.